22nd December 2011
Gay Republicans say Newt Gingrich’s “vote Obama” comment was “mischaracterised” 33
10:42 AM — Newt Gingrich's suggestion that a gay Iowan voter support US President Barack Obama in next year's elections if he values marriage equality above other issues has been "mischaracterised" according to gay Republican groups.
Football stewards “will wear headcams” to prevent homophobic abuse 23
10:16 AM — Officials at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane stadium in London have confirmed they will wear head-mounted video cameras to monitor abusive chants at a match tonight.
Lesbians become first naval couple to share traditional port kiss 17
9:50 AM — Two lesbians in the US have become the first gay couple to share the navy's traditional dockside kiss, when an officer returns home from sea.
21st December 2011
Exclusive: Scottish Catholic Church uses ‘hate group’ research to fight gay marriage 101
5:07 PM — The Scottish Catholic Church has argued against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, saying "exceptionally hazardous" gay relationships lead to shorter life expectancies, relying on a study which was discredited by its own authors for this purpose ten years ago and a paper authored by the founder of the US Family Research Institute.
US network “will meet LGBT groups” to discuss new show’s effect on trans community 44
2:48 PM — US network executives say they will meet with LGBT groups over a comedy which has drawn criticism for its depiction of men dressing as women to find work.
Man serving life sentence tried to strangle gay inmate after relationship 9
2:20 PM — A man who is currently serving a life sentence for murdering his brother has been sentenced for trying to kill a gay inmate after a brief relationship. After their relationship soured, Livesey plotted to kill Aaron Keenan by luring him into his cell and strangling him.
Newt Gingrich “told gay Iowan to vote for Obama” 38
1:01 PM — A gay man in Iowa says when he asked Republican presidential candidacy hopeful Newt Gingrich how he would engage gay Americans, the politician told him he should support Obama. The exchange took place at an event in Oskaloosa, Iowa, for Gingrich's campaign to win his party's nomination for the presidential elections next year.
Lesbian couple sues Hawaii B&B which turned them away for being gay 19
12:37 PM — A gay couple from the US are suing a hotel for discrimination, saying the owner denied them a room because of their sexuality. The case bears several similarities to the ongoing dispute in the UK regarding two Christian private hotel owners who refused a gay couple a room because they were unmarried.
Malaysian group wants legal probe of “disgraced” Irish civil partnership student 60
11:25 AM — A Malaysian religious group is calling for the country's police to intervene after one of their countrymen, who had been missing in Ireland for three years, was found to have entered into a civil partnership at the weekend.
Zimbabwe MP arrested for claiming Robert Mugabe “practised homosexuality” 63
10:28 AM — A female member of parliament in Zimbabwe has been arrested after claiming the president, Robert Mugabe, had a sexual relationship with former president Canaan Banana.
Sixth anniversary of the first civil partnerships celebrated today 123
9:59 AM — Today marks the sixth anniversary of the official introduction of civil partnerships in England and Wales. More than 46,000 civil partnerships have been held since the December 2005, with 18,049 of those taking place in the first year.
20th December 2011
New York couple receive wedding congratulations from Barack Obama 22
3:27 PM — A New York gay couple have spoken of their surprise after receiving a letter of congratulation from President Barack Obama following their wedding.
“Ex-gay” group promoted in Caribbean as US arm faces “financial oblivion” 34
2:46 PM — A full-page advert denouncing homosexuality and promoting Exodus International, a group which advocates "ex-gay" therapies, has appeared in a Jamaican newspaper amid reports the organisation is facing bankruptcy in the US.
Comment: Should the law protect us from insults? 271
2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk reader Stuart Ross discusses his experience of receiving offensive comments online amid the ongoing debate over whether to remove the use of "insulting words" from the offences in the Public Order Act.
Marcus Bachmann says he would use White House status to back gay marriage ban 22
1:35 PM — Marcus Bachmann, husband of Michele Bachmann, has said if his wife were elected he would use his platform to protect the current federal ban on same-sex marriages.
Caution follows further homophobic taunts at Brighton football match 10
12:16 PM — A London football fan who shouted homophobic abuse at a Brighton football match has been formally cautioned after discussing the incident in an online forum. The 18-year-old was warned verbally by Sussex Police after he shouted abuse at Brighton and Hove Albion fans following a match on 6 November.
Prison staff “refused to display” Stonewall posters for young offenders 93
10:37 AM — Prison staff at the Feltham Young Offenders Institute in London refused official recommendations to display positive images of gay and bisexual relationships to inmates, according to a report released today.
Brandon McInerney receives 21 year prison sentence for gay school shooting 48
9:51 AM — A US court has sentenced Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King, to 21 years in prison. The prison sentence is part of a plea bargain he made with the court in Ventura County, California.
Interview: Scott Mills on Radio 1, his Uganda documentary and covering Eurovision 5
9:33 AM — His “The Scott Mills Show” is broadcast on BBC Radio 1, a station that reaches more than 11m listeners each week. He’s provided commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals, and he’s interviewed Lady Gaga three times. Laurence Watts meets the multitalented Scott Mills.
19th December 2011
Domestic violence helpline offers advice for “surviving Christmas” 6
3:05 PM — The LGBT domestic violence charity Broken Rainbow has published a list of tips designed to advise the victims of violence on how to seek help over the festive period.